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Get Rich or Fail Your Exam Tryin': Gender, Socioeconomic Status and Spillover Effects of Blended Learning


  • Mehic, Adrian

    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

  • Olofsson, Charlotta

    (Department of Economics, Lund University)


We evaluate an experiment at a Swedish university, in which students were quasi- randomized to either taking all their courses online, or to have some courses online and some on campus. We show that having some courses in person improved grades only among female students with affluent parents. Detailed individual-level survey data suggests that there was no relationship between socioeconomy and adverse mental health amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, by estimating each student’s network position, linked with administrative data on parental income, we show that female students with wealthy parents have significantly less constrained social networks, facilitating communication with peers.

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  • Mehic, Adrian & Olofsson, Charlotta, 2021. "Get Rich or Fail Your Exam Tryin': Gender, Socioeconomic Status and Spillover Effects of Blended Learning," Working Papers 2021:8, Lund University, Department of Economics, revised 16 Oct 2022.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2021_008

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    online learning; COVID-19; social networks;
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    JEL classification:

    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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